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TEMPLE OF SWITCHES is a band from Buellton, CA. The two primary writers Kevin McCONNELL (keys and vocals) and Mike MONDA (guitars) are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to their approach to music. Mike likes the dark and dissonant and would rather not play at all than compromise. Kevin on the other hand is perfectly at home in the pop genre with a desire to appeal to the millions.

Lyrically Mike draws from pain and sadness and typically paints a cloudy picture where as Kevin is the inspiring optimist with his fist in the air. On songs like Desert Sands and The Positive side (part two) there is almost an outright conversation between the two where the song dwells on the sad and hopeless until Kevin steps in to let us know that it's not that bad, and everything will be alright.

About half of these songs were written decades ago with Mike's old band Merry Cloud, and in 2012 when approached to write and record keyboard parts and add vocals to them, Kevin, who music normally flows out of freely, almost hit a wall. What am I going to do with this!

The end result is a perfect mixture of dark and beautiful, melodic and dissonant, power and finess. Decidedly retro sounding with rich Hammond organ tones through a gritty old Leslie, and every guitar sound in the book.

For the rhythm section, Jay HEFFNER's approach to drumming is powerful and at the same time complex and full of creative fills (Neal PEART fans take note). Since the bands inception a few years ago finding the right bass player had been quite a dilemma, cycling through more than a handful of people, with Mikes brother Joe traveling over 300 miles to fill in when needed. When it came time to do the CD Joe recorded the bass remotely.
Band members:
- Mike MONDA / guitar
- Joe MONDA / bass
- Kevin McCONNELL / keyboards, vocals
- Jay HEFFNER / drums

::bio submitted by band member Mike Monda::

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